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October 2009

Expert Investment Advice Any suggestion that we should be spending more on education right now is usually met with derision as state and local governments struggle to maintain services. However, when the recommendation comes from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), even the most fiscally conservative hardliners should take notice. Founded in 1961, the OECD grew out...

September 2009

The Assessing SituationSeptember 2009 Cover The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor are affording the American people an invaluable insight into the ingrained prejudices that prevail in our society, as well as the procedural anomalies that assist in their continuance. Beneath the disturbing questioning of the validity of being a “wise Latina” and Oklahoma Senator...

May 2009

One of the few benefits of recession is that it begs us to question the policies that have led us to such a situation. Much has been said about economic decisions, lax regulation, and corporate greed but there has been less discussion about the societal structure which has fomented such economic turmoil. At the heart of our society is a sytem which fails to adequately prepare vast numbers of children to succeed in the Information Age.

A new study by the consulting firm McKinsey entitled “The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools” (available at www.mckinsey.com) estimates that if we had closed the racial achievement gap and black and Latino student performance had caught up with that of white students by 1998, U.S. GDP last year would have been between $310 and $525 billion higher. If the gap between low-income students and the rest had been narrowed, U.S. GDP in 2008 would have been $400 to $670 billion higher.

April 2009

Two educational bills were re-introduced to Congress last month — The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and The Educational Opportunity and Equity Commission Act (see News p.10) — which deserve the support of our representatives.

Every year, American high schools grant diplomas to 65,000 immigrant students who were brought to this country at a young age. Many of these youth have attended U.S. schools for most of their lives, but their immigration status bars them from opportunities that make a college education affordable, including in-state tuition rates, loans and grants, most private scholarships, and the ability to work legally. Despite their long-term residence in the U.S., these students are unable to further their educational accomplishments or fully contribute to the only country they know and call home.

Under the provisions of the DREAM Act, undocumented young people could be eligible for a conditional path to citizenship in exchange for a mandatory two year commitment in higher education or the military. Undocumented young people must also demonstrate good moral character to be eligible for and stay in conditional residency. At the end of the long process, the young person can have the chance to become an American citizen.

February 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: Links to PDF documents online. For more, please click here to subscribe.The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languageThe White Stuff Stephen Krashen questions neuroscientific support for a meaningless theory of readingFrench Immersion à la Canadienne Kate Sommers-Dawes explores Québec’s destinations for French language learnersFrench Fluency Daniel Ward recommends France’s Rhône-Alpes region for French immersionEnglish...

January 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: Links to PDF documents online. For more, please click here to subscribe.The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languageThe President's Priorities As we celebrate the historic inauguration of America’s first minority President, Language Magazine asks five experts what the new administration should do for languages and literacyThe Profits of Language Brokering Charise Pimentel and Tessara Sevin chart...

December 2008

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IN THIS ISSUE: Links to PDF documents online. For more, please click here to subscribe.The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languageNeeds are Special Audrey Cohan and Andrea Honigsfeld redefine Learning Disability as applied to the English Language LearnerThe Halls are Alive Bryon Booker and Danny Hinson exalt the virtues of using music as a language teaching strategy Gaming for Grades Mark...

October 2008

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IN THIS ISSUE:The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languageEnabling Education Anna Uhl Chamot explains how teaching learning strategies can be the catalyst for lifelong learningBilingual Comprehension Deborah Chitester presents her personal views on common confusions in bilingualismDevelopment Zone Mohammed Arroub illuminates the benefits of engaging students in collaborative learning processesEnglish in the Emerald Isle Christine...

September 2008

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IN THIS ISSUE: The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languageEmpowering Teachers with Tools and Training Malinda Daniel examines the keys to successful implementation of computerized instructional technology in the ESL classroomGetting Students Onboard Glenda Demes da Cruz explains how to use the board to have fun while motivating language students Target Practice Gail Weinstein and Janet D. Johnson make...

August 2008

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IN THIS ISSUE:The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languageOnline Testing Language Magazine’s guide to choosing the right assessments for your studentsTeaching Language for Learning Jim Cummins offers strategies to help teachers overcome the challenge of academic English Mind Blocks Lance Knowles explains how Recursive Hierarchical Recognition, a brain-based theory of language acquisition, is shaping the design of...